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Why Study Piano

Academic and Cognitive Skills

Studies reveal that long-term piano study can lead to improvements in math, reading, language and reasoning skills. It can also lead to enhancements in creative and problem-solving skills, concentration, discipline, and memorization.


Something to think about: Thomas Sudhof, who shares this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology, told The Lancet in August 2010 that he owes his powers of analysis and concentration to studying a musical instrument.

Emotional Skills

Studies have revealed that long-term piano study can lead to an increase in self-esteem as students persevere through short-term and long-term challenges to achieve their goals. Music is a natural form of expression and many students have stated that playing the piano is one way that they are able to express themselves and their emotions. Additionally, playing the piano is an enriching and therapeutic activity that can lead to a life-long appreciation of music and joy. Performance in front of an audience develops self confidence and can improve public speaking skills in the future. 

Physical Skills

A piano student learns to read two lines of music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain. 

"Before beginning to learn an instrument, the learner, whether a child, adolescent or adult, should already be spiritually in possession of some music; he should, so to speak, carry it in his mind, keep it in his heart and hear it with his mind's ear. The whole secret of talent and of genius is that in the case of a person so gifted, music lives a full life in his brain before he even touches a keyboard or draws a bow across the strings. That is why Mozart as a small child could "at once" play the piano and the violin." 

Heinrich Neuhaus